Heith Copes, Ph.D.



Associate Professor

University Boulevard Office Bldg.
1201 University Blvd.
Room 312
Birmingham, AL 35294-4562

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Phone: 205-975-9489

Fax: 205-934-2067


Other information

Other information:
Dr. Copes is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and also has a faculty appointment in the Department of Sociology.

Dr. Copes' research interests include criminal decision making as it relates to various types of illegal behavior including drug distribution, automobile theft, and identity theft which has been funded by the National Institute of Justice. He continues work in the area of neutralization theory, for which he has gained an international reputation, and in qualitative methods.

Dr. Copes' research has been published in such journals as Social Problems, the British Journal of Criminology, Deviant Behavior, and Justice Quarterly.

Ph.D. (2001), Sociology, University of Tennessee.
M.A. (1998), Sociology, University of Tennessee.
B.S. (1993), Sociology and Psychology, University of Southwestern Louisiana.

Research Interests:
Criminal decision-making
Identity and crime
Neutralization theory
Social construction of crime
Qualitative research methods

Teaching Interests:
Research methods
Criminological theory
Social psychology

Recent Courses Taught:
Seminar in Research Methods (JS605)
Pro-Seminar in Criminal Justice (JS600)
Patterns in Crime (JS483/583)
Criminology (JS360)
Research Methods (JS300)

Recent Publications:
Copes, Heith, and Lynne Vieraitis. 2012. Identity Thieves: Motives and Methods. Northeastern University Press.
Copes, Heith and Mark Pogrebin. 2012. Voices from Criminal Justice: Thinking and Reflecting on the System. Routledge.
Copes, Heith, Andy Hochstetler, and Craig Forsyth. 2013. “Peaceful Warriors: Narratives of Violent Contests among Adult Bar Fighters.” Criminology 51: 761-794.
Dabney, Dean, Richard Tewksbury, Heith Copes, and Shila Hawk-Tourtelot. 2013. “A Qualitative Assessment of Stress Perceptions among Members of Homicide Unit.” Justice Quarterly 30: 811-836.
Copes, Heith, Andy Hochstetler, and Michael Cherbonneau. 2012. “Getting the Upper Hand: Forestalling Victim Resistance in Carjackings.” Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency 49:249-268.